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START 1) 45.60 - Clearly Hooked     2) 44.00 - Team Grip Flip     3) 43.05 - Fish Hard Gear     4) 43.00 - Outta Line     5) 42.10 - Reel Methods     6) 41.05 - Open Wide     7) 39.45 - Shockwave     8) 39.35 - Beeracuda     9) 37.80 - Conference Call     10) 37.30 - Wilm Auto/King Hunter     11) 37.10 - Karma Bites     12) 36.85 - Four Sons     13) 36.20 - Lil John/Reel em up     14) 36.00 - Sea P.A.     15) 35.50 - OIFC     16) 35.15 - O D Bank     17) 34.80 - Max'd Out     18) 34.55 - On Point     19) 34.35 - King Carnivore     20) 34.35 - All In/AM    FINISH

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"King Bite Still On Fire!" | Carolina Contender | 11/06/05
 

Ocean Isle Fishing Center manger Rhett Dickson fished the Jungle this morning and reported catching all the kings he wanted in two hours.  After catching their limit they switched to 8lb. and 12lb. spinning gear and caught (and released) several more.  There's still plenty of bait to be jigged offshore however dead cigar minnows are working as good as anything.

On the inshore side, Capt. Stan reported catching blues and redfish around the Little River Jetties.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Jon set out on a speckled trout mission this morning and ended up catching a few specks as well as several redfish.  So whether your game is inshore or offshore----the weather is beautiful, the fish are biting.....wish you were here.


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Ft. Pierce Charts in stock for SKA Nationals" | Carolina Contender | 11/05/05
 

Just a reminder that we have in stock Profinder Charts for the SKA Nationals in Ft. Pierce, FL.  These charts are the best thing going and are absolutely necessary if you plan on fishing the Nationals.  They are 11"x17", completely waterproof and LOADED with waypoints (GPS as well as Loran coordinates listed on the back of each chart).

The hot kingfish bite that has been going on for the past few days continues today in the same 65-80ft. places---The Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, Shark hole, etc.  The weather is going to be beautiful for the next several days so come join us!


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/03/05
 

The pictures say it all-- the weather is great, the fishing is great-- wish you were here.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Speckled Trout Report" | Carolina Contender | 11/02/05
 

After hearing all the good reports of speckled trout, Capt. Roger and myself loaded the jon boat up with live shrimp this morning in search of them.  We left around 7:15 this morning and found ourselves facing a stiff 15-20kt. NE wind.  We floated baits at the Ocean Isle Bridge, some docks along the waterway as well as in the Shallotte River with little success.  We did manage to put a couple fish in the boat, however it wasn't as hot as we had hoped for.  They should pick back up as soon as this wind lays down though.  I'll be back on the hunt again in the next few days so keep checking in for more reports!

Also, there has been a decent king bite offshore in the 65-80ft. range in places such as the 65ft. Hole, Jungle, Shark Hole, etc. on dead cigar minnows trolled on Hank Brown heads or Cape Lookout Skirts.  This weekend looks EXCELLENT to get out and have some fun with them so come join us!  (Also don't forget about the great wahoo fishing in the stream this time of the year!  Very few people have been to the stream recently so they've got to be starving out there!)


- Capt. Bryan Williams
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"They're biting" | Carolina Contender | 11/01/05
 

Todays report. Kings at 65 foot hole; Jungle; Atlantic Ledge. Grouper at King spots in 85 feet of water.

Kings on dead cigars; grouper on live pinfish and chum[you can jig pinfish on inshore wrecks or use ringtails you catch on grouper spots].

Weather all week and WEEKEND looks great! Come on down.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"There Here" | Capt. Hook | 10/30/05
 

We had a real good day today at the Jungle. The school kings ranging from 8 to 15 lbs are definetly here. They are hitting dead cigars really well. This is good because livebait is getting tough! I will be out of the water until I get in the new boat, it should be very soon so stay tuned.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/30/05
 

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It is really starting to feel like Winter is on the doorstep.  The other morning I got on the boat with boots over two pairs of sock, thermal underwear, a sweatshirt, jeans, ski pants and a ski jacket.  Albeit by 10am I had shed most of my outer layers, it has been downright chilly.  But, the cool air has sparked the fish into a feeding frenzy as the spots, kings, grouper and wahoo congregate during this time of year before migrating to warmer climates.  Earlier this week I was searching for menhaden along Ocean Isle when I spotted I notice off in the distance what I thought were flying fish.  I ran further down the beach to find single, double and triple header spots being hoisted onto the pier at a high speed rate.  As fast as fishermen got their baits into the water, the spots were on.  This spot bite has been sporadic, but if you hit it right in the next week or so, you’ll have a cooler full in no time.  The kings are doing their normal late Fall thing as they congregate in the 65-75 foot depth range to feed on the schools of cigar minnows and herring.  The kings are running in the 6-12 pound range and are no problem to catch on either slow trolled dead cigar minnows.  Typically I’ll add a skirt to my dead bait rig and prefer a green, pink/pearl or pearl skirt from Cape Lookout Lures ahead of the dead cigar minnow to give added attraction to hungry kings.  These kings will be available through Thanksgiving and will slowly migrate into the 75-90 foot depth ranges as they follow the food and water temperatures of 68 degrees or higher.  The grouper fishing has been great this Fall, but it will soon be ending as they disperse and move back into deeper water.  I have been concentrating on fishing the 70-90 foot depth range while using live and dead bait.  By Thanksgiving these fish will have moved back into the 120 foot range and will hold offshore all Winter.  The wahoo too are congregating on the edge of the Gulf Stream as the schools of small tunas migrate and make for a wahoo’s favorite meal. I haven’t had the opportunity to get out to try them much, but they are there in good numbers and ready to bite.  My philosophy for October and November is if the weather is fishable, I’ll be on the water.  These are my two favorite months and I’m having a ball again this year.  I hope you’ll come down and join in the great fishing our area has to offer during the late Fall season.

King hotspots- Jungle, Atlantic Ledge, Shark Hole, 22mile rocks, 18 mile rocks....


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Bite is on ; everywhere!" | Carolina Contender | 10/30/05
 

Seas have finally calmed down enough for the fish to be located and the answer is...they are here!. Kings are biting at Jungle and 65 foot hole. Grouper are as good as I've ever seen in 75-100 feet. Trout are biting around docks inshore. Haven't heard from gulf stream but with water cooling down wahoo bite should be on. We need help. Too many choices. Need somebody to come down and help us catch all these fish.

More good news. Fuel prices are dropping.
Weather looks perfect Mon/Tues/Wed. We'll be fishing everyday so stand by.

Pogies are getting difficult but Kings biting on dead bait. Boston Mackerel should be here soon and thats when Kings go crazy. Grouper biting on pogies or pinsfish. Also on whole dead ballyhoo and dead boston mackerel. Trick to catching keeper size fish is big bait.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/25/05
 

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Wheeww its cold.  The wind is blowing and it looks like it will be a few days before it settles.  I reported earlier that the fishing was great-- and man is it.  Kings, Wahoo and Grouper are biting.  We've got at least another month of the year's best King, Wahoo and Grouper fishing we'll see here, so don't miss out.  This cold has got me thinking a bit about those Giant Bluefin-- the season is coming up soon--
Here are some pictures from last week I'm just now getting around to loading-- check out the video clip of Capt. Amy at work!


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/21/05
 

Sorry I haven't been reporting every day as of late-- the weather has been so great the fishing equally as good that I'm worn out from fishing and catching. At last report I was looking forward to Grouper and Wahoo and I'm happy to report I got'em both.  We nailed the Grouper early in the week while fishing in the 75-90 foot depth range.  The Wahoo fishing wasn't quite as glamourous, but we did manage 3 on Wednesday including a 40 pounder as well as the release of a 72" Sailfish while fishing the BlackJack-100/400 area.  And while I've been off chasing these offshore fish, the King bite has finally gone off.  The Kings are chewing hard at the end of the Cape Fear channel as well as the 65' hole and Jungle areas.  There's been plenty of Pogies just to the West of Shallotte inlet and also off of Long Beach.  Look like Saturday will be the last great day until the middle to end of next week.  I think I'm going to hang inshore and maybe do a little Drum fishing with a buddy.  I'm worn out.  I'll rest up until next week and then be ready to get'em again. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/18/05
 

After a great weekend of fishing for the Fall Brawl, the weather continues to hold and the fishing is only getting better.  Day by day the water clarity improves after last weeks 15 inch deluge of rain.  The Kings are biting right at Shallotte inlet and here's a typical example of the "day after" syndrome where you always catch the big one you needed for the tournament the day after the event.  Capt. Roger and Capt. Charles on the "Show Time" can vouch for that as they guided this group to a 1/2 day success with 3 Kings including one that tipped the scales to 29.9 pounds.    The weather looks great for this week and I've got Grouper on my mind as well as Wahoo.  I'm planning to do both, so stay tuned for the report. 


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"On the job!" | Capt. Hook | 10/16/05
 

The majority of the fish caught during Saturday's fishing came from the Shallotte inlet area.  The bite was early with scattered action reported throughout the day after 10am.  The leadering fish at 33 pounds caught by 8 year old Austin Allen on the Double Down came from the 90/90.

See below picture-- Capt. David Hooks hard at work on the docks during the Fall Brawl weigh-in.


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Fall Brawl is on!" | Carolina Contender | 10/15/05
 

Weather this AM is nice.  Wind is from the north at 10 knots and the sky is crystal clear.  Looks like a classic Fall day-- hopefully catches will prove just as classic as the conditions.  Stay tuned to this site for results.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl weather update" | Carolina Contender | 10/14/05
 

Jim Can'ttorie just called NOAA and explained to them that on south facing beaches with a north wind, a forecast of 3-5 foot seas should be changed to 3-5 inches. It is FLAT off our Brunswick County beaches. You could skip a nickel all the way to Frying Pan Tower. The north wind will continue throughout the weekend guaranteing flat seas, spots, mullets, pogies, and KINGS!

The beach bite is ON! Come join us at the Fall Brawl for classic Carolina October King fishing within a 9 iron of the beach. 


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Today's Report" | Carolina Contender | 10/13/05
 

Here's what is laying in wait for you Fall Brawl fishermen.  It has truly been a beach bite.  We've been fishing 15-30 feet of water from Shallotte Inlet to just East of Lockwood's inlet- mostly offshore of schools of Menhaden.  The Menhaden are very plentiful all along the beach, so that won't be a concern.  The majority of the Kings are in the 15-22 pound class, but we're seeing a fair number over 25 pounds and you know someone's going to find a 30+ out there.  The skies cleared today and winds have dropped out to 10 knots.  The kings are biting so close to the beach you could hit a 9 iron into the Ocean Isle Inn's swimming pool.  I hope to see you all here to enjoy this Fall fishing at its best.


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Fall Brawl weekend weather flash" | Carolina Contender | 10/13/05
 

Improving forecast- looks like it should be nice weather to catch the beach king bite that is going on right now.  Don't pay any attention to the seas forecasted as they will not come into play for our nearshore area due to our protection from the north wind.  Trust me-- this is going to be a good weekend for king fishing and the winner will burn less than 30 gallons of fuel the entire day-- you watch.  We're all set up here and awaiting you fishermen to come see us on Friday to sign up, eat Frogmore stew and race Spots in the Spot Derby.  See you here.
Brant


- Capt. Brant McMullan
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"Yesterday!!" | Capt. Hook | 10/12/05
 

Well Sumo and Capt. John manned the Captn Hook yesterday on a Kingfish excursion. And as usual they had a brisk North East wind which kept them hung to the hill!! They fished around Lockwood Folly Inlet and pulled out a nice fish that tipped the scales at 26 and some change. We will be out there this afternoon to try it again. Once again we will be hung to the hill due to the wind!!


- Capt. David Hooks
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"Jim Can'ttorie weather update for Fall Brawl" | Carolina Contender | 10/11/05
 

Jim's sticking with his forcast for the weekend. High pressure will continue to build into our area throughout the week bringing us northly winds which are just what we need to electrify an all out beach bite for the tourney. There were a few fish caught along the beach at Long Beach and Yaupon yesterday in the FLW tourney fished out of Morehead. What's slowing down the bite is the water salinity that is off due to the 14 inches of rain we had last weekend. As the days progress and the water flow from the Cape Fear flushes out the fresh water, the salinity will return to normal. That, along with the north winds[that means mullets and spots running the beach] and the fact it's October!...should all come together for the Kings to go crazy at Shallotte and Lockwood Inlets, Yaupon, River Channel, and Lighthouse Rocks.

I note the marine forcast is calling for 3-5 foot seas toward the weekend. This is due to a low pressure system off of Bermuda which will create a swell. This is misleading for our waters as with a northly wind we are protected by the land and therefore an offshore swell will not effect us. It should be flat seas along the beach.

Standby for more updates.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Jim Can'ttorie's Fall Brawl weather forcast" | Carolina Contender | 10/08/05
 

Had to get Jim Can'ttorie to put on his longe range goggles to figure out this forcast for the Fall Brawl next weekend here at OIFC; but here goes..... a very light cold front passes thru our area Friday giving us bluebird skies and light north winds for Saturday. Sunday will also offer light winds moving from north to northeast during the day. Bottom line....weather looks perfect; slight and light. The mullets should run the beach on the north wind, the Kings should be in hot pursuit, and considering the disruption to their dining envirnoment this week they should be VERY hungrey. No doubt it should be a beach bite, classic coastal Carolina fall fishing. Come on down and win the $$$!!!

This week our charter fleet will finally be able to get back at it, so stand by for updates as to where the fish are at.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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"Getting lonesome down here" | Carolina Contender | 10/07/05
 

Yeah, it's blowing the shortning out of the biscuit down here and no reflief in sight for the weekend.....so , if it's too rough to fish, this is the time to talk about fishing. I've been telling the same stories to everyone here at the OIFC all week. Come on down and let's talk it up!

Also it's perfect time to get your stuff ready for when it does calm down because there has to be some very hungrey fish out there. After the blow, it's time for the spots to show, kings continue on the beach, and the gulf stream wahoo bite should get in gear.

Don't forget the Fall Brawl King Tournament here at the OIFC next weekend. With the water temps staying in the 70's the beach bite should be explosive; River Channel, Yaupon, Lockwood or Shallotte Inlet, Myrtle Beach Rocks...all spots within 3 miles of the beach. The tourney is one day fishing and you can choose to fish Saturday or Sunday. Capt meeting Friday evening at OIFC.


- Capt. Rube McMullan
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